Kerala likely to implead in case challenging cattle trade rules

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday informed the Assembly the government had explored the possibility of impleading in the case with the Advocate General.

Published: 09th June 2017 03:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2017 03:04 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State is likely to implead in the case challenging new cattle trade rules pending before the Supreme Court. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday informed the Assembly that the government had explored the possibility of impleading in the case with the Advocate General.  

Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala brought the matter to the Chief Minister’s attention. He said the Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the plea challenging the new cattle trade rules. Chennithala asked the Chief Minister whether the state government would join party in the case. 

“Already the Advocate General has been asked to explore legal options in this regard. More  discussions will be held with constitutional experts. The state is planning to implead in the case,” the Chief Minister told the Assembly. 

K B Ganesh Kumar (KC-B) said the grand alliance of all secular forces in the country is indeed going to materialise as the people of Kerala are wise enough to see through the designs of the BJP-NDA Government.

The special Assembly session in which a substantive motion was moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday demanding a rollback of the Centre’s controversial notification imposing curbs on cattle trade, gave enough indications of a grand alliance to take on PM Narendra Modi and the BJP-NDA Government.

Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala asserted a secular and democratic movement would soon take shape against the BJP-NDA Government. Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac said the BJP would be isolated in the foreseeable future.

Resolution seeking withdrawal of cattle trade rules passed

Calling the Centre’s new cattle trade rules a ploy to enforce the Sangh Parivar agenda in the country, the Kerala Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of the rules.

Attending a special session held to discuss the rules, the resolution found the support of all MLAs, except BJP’s lone member O Rajagopal, who called the session "politically motivated’’.  The Central notification conflicts with the objectives of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Furthermore, it is an outright misuse of the power to frame rules and usurps the federal system, the resolution said. 

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